You’ve written a story. You think it’s pretty good. You made some edits, so now it’s even better. You’ve even let other people read it, and made some fixes that they suggested. Every time you look at your story you find things to fix, but those things are becoming fewer and sillier. What do you do next?
It is time to push the button.
But which button do you push? How do you find it? Well the first thing to do is look at the length of your story. Is it considered a novel? A short story? A novella? Then you need to figure out what direction you want to go. Do you want a traditional publisher? An indie house? Or maybe you want to self-publish?
All of these come with different trials and tribulations. I myself decided to go two different routes for my two different types of stories.
For my first novel I decided to go the traditional path. I chose this path for many reasons. I personally did not want to have to do the marketing myself, which I would need to do with self-publishing. This meant submitting my query letter and pieces of my story to agents. It took me over a year to get the courage to do this. It is scary to put yourself out there.
Finally, just a few weeks ago, I did it. I researched online and found some agents who publish books like mine. One of the best ways to do this is to look up the agents of your favorite writers. Once I found them I sent each a letter and samples in the formats they asked for. Now I am playing the waiting game. Hoping and praying every day that I will hear from them. I’ll let you all know when I do!
As for my short story, well that was an easy choice. I am submitting that to Pub518! For short stories the best thing to do is to find an anthology that fits what you have written. You may do it the other way round and write a story for a specific anthology you have found that piques your interest. Then make sure you know exactly what the submission guidelines are for that company (see ours under the “submit to us” button above). Finally, the hard part, push submit and wait. With any luck, soon your work will published!